Anti-Bullying Rally Held Downtown
Darnell "Dynasty" Young appeared at Tuesday's rally along with his mother and other supporters. (WIBC.com photo: Reed Parker)
Dozens gathered in downtown Indianapolis for an anti-bullying rally Tuesday evening.
The rally was held in support of Dynasty Young who was expelled from Tech High School for bringing a taser to school after he says he was bullied for being gay. Young says the rally was actually not about him. " It's about all the people that died for bullying," Young says. "This is about people who did not stand up and couldn't do anything and just all they they was that they were alone and they didn't understand how to feel and the only thing they felt to do was kill themself and it hurts my heart because I was there at one point."
PLFAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) member Annette Gross spoke at the rally. "We need to band together and get the school boards and administrations to know in no uncertain terms that changes need to be made. We need statewide LGBT inclusive anti-bullying laws."
The group marched to the IPS School Board meeting to express their opinions. IPS Superintendent Dr. Eugene White says the corporation has strict anti-bullying measures in place and says Tech High School has an active gay-straight alliance club in the school. White says there is another side to the story that they've found in an internal investigation. "They claim things that just haven't happened. For instance they claim he was chased with rocks and balls off the school bus....never happened. It happened after he got off his city job at night. He was chased by people in the community, not necessarily by Tech students."
White says there is also a Title IX investigation underway. "There's no doubt the young man did receive some derogatory remarks. No one physically touched him and that wasn't the first day he had the particular taser. He knew it wasn't appropriate to have it."
Young was expelled until the 2013 school year.
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